Monarchs Bats Stymied in Franklin
By Kaitlyn Saunders, Kansas City Monarchs
Franklin, WI. — In one of the shortest games of the season, the Kansas City Monarchs (38-20) and the Milwaukee Milkmen (29-29) moseyed along to a 2-1 final score in two hours and 39 minutes.
Matt Hall held the Milkmen in the second and third innings, retiring the batters in 1,2,3 fashion with multiple Monarchs left stranded on base before the fourth inning.
After zero home runs in Tuesday night’s game, Will Kengor sent one to right field for the first run of the game, the Milkmen leading 1-0 going into the fifth.
In the sixth inning, three back-to-back singles from Corelle Prime, Will Kengor and Keon Barnum brought in Prime, extending the Milwaukee lead to 2-0.
Pete Kozma finally put the Monarchs on the board in the top of the seventh. Matt Adams doubled to left field before David Thompson was hit by a pitch to reach first. A fielder’s choice from Kevin Santa got Thompson out at second while Adams reached third. Kozma hit a single to center field and brought in Adams, cutting into the Milkmen lead, 2-1.
The last two innings were quiet ones as the Kansas City offense could not string together any offense.
Monarchs starting pitcher Matt Hall went 6.0 IP with 6 H, 2 R and 8 strikeouts in a hard luck loss. A.J. Schugel notched the win going five innings and holding KC to no runs on four hits.
The Monarchs will play the last game of this four-game series with the Milwaukee Milkmen on Thursday (7/21) evening at Franklin Field with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:05 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.
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WP: Schugel (2-2)
LP: Hall (4-2)
S: Benoit (2)